Now that I'm about to add some solar collectors, it's time to think about automation. A friend of ours is using manual control, and he's constantly watching the panel and pool temperatures and running out to twiddle the valves. However, the complexity of choosing a system is driving me to think of doing solar-only automation and doing the rest by hand as usual. I'd prefer to be able to have the kids push a button and get the pool setup they want, though.
I have all Pentair equipment, including a VS+SVRS pump, chlorinator, light, and filter. My pool has three regular returns plus dual stair returns, slide, and deck jets (total of 6 returns, each with it's own valve). To get the slide and deck jets working correctly, all 6 of the valves need to be tweaked. With the solar bypass, that's 7 valves total. Are there any automation systems that support that many valves, in addition to the pump, chlorinator, and light circuits?
I've tried reading the IntelliTouch documentation. It's... A bit dense. Or maybe that's me. I can see that it potentially supports up to 8 relays plus the pump, but I'm not sure what each relay can do - is it one feature (valve actuator, light, other) per relay, or can I control more than one feature with a relay? Can the pump and chlorinator be controlled together with a single relay?